Heat from a distance
2014-06-05 | Our subsidiary in Denmark has been using district heat for a while now. Torben Kirkholt, Managing Director of ebm-papst Denmark, explains how this works and gives the key benefits prompting the switch.
“With district heat, the waste heat produced when generating electric power is stored and fed into a thermally insulated pipe system. This supplies households as far away as 50 kilometres with warm water and heating. For some time now, our site has been supplied like this. Going for district heat has brought us many benefits:
1. Cutting energy costs
The switch to this system brings our energy costs down by 22 %.
2. Reducing CO2
District heat reduces CO2 emission by up to 80 %, as heat and electricity are generated at the same time.
3. Cheaper than gas
For us as customer, district heat is always 10% cheaper than gas.
4. Safety and redundancy
District heat offers a high degree of safety and redundancy.
5. Various energy sources
The operators of the district heat power plant can switch between various energy sources to generate power and heat.
6. Easy Maintanance
Maintenance costs for the system are very low, as there are no moving parts.”